Report: 16 Employees Accept Philadelphia Inquirer Buyout Packages

Friday news coming to us via Jeff Blumenthal at the Philadelphia Business Journal, who reports that Inquirer/Daily News/ bosses might be shifting to layoffs after not receiving the requisite buyout agreements from employees.

Writes Jeff:

NewsGuild President Diane Mastrull, a longtime business reporter and editor, said, as of Thursday, 16 members had accepted the package. That is well short of the 30 she said management claimed was needed to avoid implementing layoffs. Mastrull said the deadline for accepting the buyouts is Friday, but she does not think there will be 30 takers.

In a show of solidarity, Guild members delivered a petition to Vice President of our People and Culture Lauren Kauffman — Publisher Terry Egger was out of the office — signed by 255 of about 330 members to demand no layoffs.


“The possibility of layoffs remains,” Inquirer management said. “However, whether that step is necessary and how many might be affected won’t be known until the voluntary separation program is completed next week.”

Jeff went on to share a couple tweets confirming that sports editor Deborah Woodell and news reporter Jan Hefler would be accepting buyouts.

Blumenthal also reports that newsroom employees eligible for buyouts must be “55 or older and have worked for the company for 20 years or more.” Workers in other departments need to be 50 years old with 10 years experience:

According to the Guild, the buyout packages would include 24 weeks pay and either six months medical coverage or one lump sum of $5,000. That is slightly less than the 26 weeks pay offered by the company during the last round of buyouts in October 2017.

I have not heard of any other sports people making an exit. Mike Kern and Bob Vetrone left via buyout during the last round of staff trimming, which took place a little less than two years ago.

Read Jeff’s full story here:

Inquirer employees fear layoffs after tepid interest in buyout offers

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  • Paul coffee June 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Janice Armstrong is the philly jemele hill

    • Ed Snider's yarmulke June 14, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      She a disgusting rayciss.
      Why doesn’t Will Bunch take in a few dozen illegals at his Villanova mansion if he loves them so much?

  • Eugene June 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Just shut that liberal Trump hating rag down.
    Real smart business idea to alienate half your readers with your political bias

    • Shart Shartveit June 15, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Trump supporters can’t read anyway. So they didn’t really alienate any readers.

      • comment awaiting approval June 15, 2019 at 11:03 am

        good one shart, you really nailed them

      • Shart the Zapper June 16, 2019 at 7:24 am

        Hooooo, ZAP!!!

      • YOU WORSHIP A CHEETO June 16, 2019 at 9:58 am

        hahaha. those toothless racist rednecks prefer picture books.

    • Maxie June 15, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Trump and real smart business idea don’t belong in the same post.

      • dopey maxie June 17, 2019 at 10:36 am

        the billions he’s made from business deals say otherwise.

  • Chris Stengel TBC June 14, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Really hate that liberal trash fake news paper. Here some free advice for the workers getting let go, especially raycist Jan Armstrong – Learn to code

    • Maxie June 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      But they speak so highly of you Chris!

  • Hoagie June 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Mike miss golf story – I have some friends that played at pine v one day, a foursome, and they see this dude stomping around in pink shorts smoking a cigar one hole back, for several holes, obviously cranky wanting to speed it up. Finally the dude hops in his cart and drives their direction and they realize as he gets closer that its mike miss . He pulls up and jumps out and says “you boys don’t mind if I play through do ya?” and before they can reply he kicks their golfballs off the green and putts… hops in his cart and keeps driving. He was so focused on his pace man

    • Kink-shaming in 2019 June 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Is that why he wasn’t on his own show today? Lol

      • Jimmy the Greek June 14, 2019 at 9:48 pm

        I’ve noticed a few times Mike Miss and Natalie have been off at the same time, while Tyrone is on the air. Coincidence?????

        • I deleted my racist tweets to save my ass - Kevin Kinkerhead if you can't find it, it didn't happen....where is the proof? June 14, 2019 at 10:19 pm

          Eggenoff doesn’t have much between the ears or below the neck.
          Plus she wears WAY to much makeup.
          She either has a bunch of flaws she’s covering up or no self confidence.
          And besides that fucking midget missinelli couldn’t handle her.

          • Reggie Noble June 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm

            I don’t see the fuss over her….her ass is a ticking timebomb, child bearing hips don’t even begin to describe it

    • Thurston Howell III June 14, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Not true; no carts at PV…

    • Sam Wilson’s HJs in the storage closet June 14, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Sounds about right. Is there a worse person in the Philadelphia area than Mike Missanelli?

  • "Why straight white men talking about Beyonce is problematic" June 14, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    by Janice Armstrong and Will Bunch

  • Just heard Tyrone and Brian Westbrook on the Fanatic June 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    “Not a grammar lesson, that I can tell you” – DJT

  • Puto's R' Us June 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    At least the enquirer doesn’t have mexican hating racists on its staff like some low quality bulletin board sites do.

    • KINK-SCAMMING IN 2019 June 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      Please use correct english.
      You should have said “racist” instead of “racists”.

      Keep a look out for our new psycho farout puto shirts
      on our web site.

      • Donovan McNabb June 15, 2019 at 10:22 am

        I think he means there are more than one racist on the staff. Read it again.

    • Sam Wilson’s HJs in the storage closet June 14, 2019 at 10:33 pm

      As if anyone actually likes Mexicans.

      • Donovan McNabb June 15, 2019 at 10:25 am

        Or Italians.

        • joe pesci June 15, 2019 at 11:16 am

          Or moulignons.

  • Kinkerhead June 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Look forward to seeing you asswipes at the Bank on GOya night!
    bring you’re puerto rican flags………..

  • Gene June 15, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I find it disturbing that Kyle has not commented on this Basket Bingo fiasco.

    • Kink-shaming in 2019 June 15, 2019 at 9:38 am

      An honest question, asked courteously. What is “Basket Bingo?”

  • Tank McNamara June 15, 2019 at 7:29 am

    You need to subscribe to the Philadelphia Business Journal to read the full story. Gyp!

  • Joe June 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Janice Armstrong is a racist piece of trash. She should’ve been fired long ago.

    Too bad Mike Sielski is still here. He can’t go 5 minutes without tweeting about something negative about Philly or its fans.

    • Islam, the religion of the uneducated June 15, 2019 at 8:36 pm


  • Shecky Shecklestein June 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    They can learn to code.

  • Maxie June 15, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    What does the buyout package include? I am more interested in that.

  • Len June 15, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Will 2020 be the year CB pays out on the Basket Bingo?

  • Mick June 16, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I hate colored people and I am a NAMBLA member.

  • Harry June 16, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Just finished reading the Koran… wow , and I thought the Bible was silly. Lol. Idiots.

  • Gene June 16, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Did The Last Jedi do enough to combat toxic masculinity?

  • Gary dellabate June 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Even I laugh at LaVar Balls teeth.

  • Aton Shandler June 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    I’m desperate to be relevant.

  • Meeeeee tooooo June 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Vince Velasquez sucks a cosco sized bag of dicks

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